Paintings with energy
Paintings with energy
When looking at a piece of artwork, have you ever stopped to think about what mood the artist was in when they painted it? Although painted by well-meaning individuals, some of the wafty, “spirit of a tree” or “angel” paintings I have seen, energetically display more of the emotional difficulties experienced by the artist than the Divine subject matter. Conversely, a splodgy brightly coloured flower painted by an excited 6 years old may have the most wonderful healing energy. More worryingly, one of my colleagues recently came across an original print, by an artist who was known to for his involvement in some dodgy occult practices. The print had quite a distorted energetic field and wasn’t doing his client any good at all.
I became fascinated by the energetics of paintings when I lectured at the London College of Printing for 8 years. I taught Graphic Design and Illustration.
I found that I was able to diagnose students state of mind and emotional health by looking at their work. It used to be an extremely useful tool when trying to encourage them to use their potential. I would know how to approach them when their work needed attention, without asking them directly if they were having any personal problems.
If we are to take on board the fact that all objects have an identifiable history and predecessor chi, then surely it is reasonable that those objects handcrafted or painted by an individual will be imbued with their makers’ essence?
We all have our off days, I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t recognise that occasionally when I paint, my mind might stray off into the realms of my anxieties. I do, however, try to remain conscious of the implications and have been known to throw paintings away that were painted in a bad mood rather than risk them effecting my client. Although to the untrained eye, my rendition of a lotus flower might look harmless enough.
Not everyone will feel confident about their intuitive abilities or dowsing accuracy when considering a clients art collection. I would, however, consider getting someone to tune into the energy of an item if l had any doubts. I remember one client who had a beautiful picture of a Madonna and Child which had been bought over from an eastern European country. It had a lot of sad and angry energy. Of course, even if you do come across a negatively charged picture which has been painted in good faith by an unhappy artist, it is possible to clear the negativity.
In this particular case, I did recommend a space clearing technique using incense to clear the painting of any negative energy. I’ve also experimented with using the energy of pictures to combat Geopathic Stress with some remarkable results. In one particular case, I was asked to Feng Shui a community centre which was having a lot of trouble with violent teenagers.
I was able to accurately detect the spot in the community hall where most of the trouble started by dowsing the earth energies. They commissioned me to paint a suitable picture. In the months that followed, the youth workers noticed a marked increase in the receptivity of the teenagers and they were able to do some valuable work with them, helping them deal with their pent up emotions.
The area of the artwork we more readily identify with is the use of symbolism and how we respond to the content.
Have you ever questioned whether or not your emotional responses to a piece of artwork were generated by your own past experiences and associations with the subject matter or the needs of the client?
We spent many hours at art college analysing paintings and graphic design, discussing the work as a whole and then scrutinising the content.
When I used to teach beginners, art classes, the students always wanted to find out new ways to improve their ability and confidence. The answer was always, draw something every day and look at something everyday, get to know the subject through objective observation my old teacher used to say. “You cannot teach people to paint. you can only teach them to look”.
The great Chinese masters used to observe a chosen subject for days, years even, so that when they finally came to paint the subject they knew so much that they could convey its essence in just a few brush strokes. I’m passionate about the healing potential of art and do a lot of art projects, with a wide spectrum of the community. I will often “volunteer” suggestions for colors and shape, that I know have positive Feng Shui associations.
It is often fascinating how extreme peoples reactions are to certain shapes and colours. Their associations with particular symbolism may be generated from childhood or their favourite television programme but the feelings are often quite unconscious.
We do, of course, get misled by our own subjective response to a piece of artwork. Some of us will immediately be drawn to the colours used. Others will identify more with the use of symbolism. Some of us will home in on the dynamics of the overall structure, others the minute details of the contents.
Unless we know and understand our own methods of observation, we are always in danger of missing the signs which are of most importance to the client. When I ask anyone to respond to a painting, they are usually able to identify whether or not they like it but they cannot always express why.
When I ask them how the painting makes them feel, they can usually find words to express their emotions but not what is it, within the painting that makes them feel that way.
If you saw a picture of a lively Dragon, would you respond to it as a symbol of power and vitality? A symbol of the strength and courage that can help you slay your internal dragons?
A mythological guard of hidden treasure or a destructive warring monster with a lot of big teeth and scales?
Which is better? Fierce Dragon painted with love and affection, of the fluffy kitten painted with anger and resentment?
I know most Feng Shui consultants consider the compass directions and form school and EMF pollutants much more important than the clients taste in art…. But will you be able to pass that innocent little picture of a pussy cat with quite the same disregard ever again?